Soda Water

Soda water, or carbonated water, is plain water to which carbon dioxide gas has been added; it is also referred to as sparkling water. It is the principal ingredient of most “soft drinks.”. This process of carbonation has a happy result — carbonic acid, enjoyed by millions as soda pop.

By using a seltzer bottle filled with water and then “charged” with carbon dioxide, soda water (also called club soda) was produced in the past in the home. Club soda may be virtually the same as plain carbonated water; but it can have a small amount of table salts and sodium trace minerals. Such additives make the taste of home made soda water slightly salty. Carbonated mineral water often results from the process, which occurs naturally in many areas.

In some cases, a little dental decay might be caused by sparkling mineral water. While the potential problem of sparkling water is greater than still water the problem remains low. Regular soft drinks are apt to cause a much higher rate of tooth decay than sparkling water. The rate is so low it suggests that carbonation of drinks may not be a factor in causing dental decay.

Ground water – usually from artesian wells – can be filtered among layers of minerals containing forms of carbonates and absorb the carbon dioxide gas released by those carbonates. The result? Natural sparkling water. When the water also picks up enough different minerals to add a flavor to the water it becomes sparkling mineral water.

Fundamentally, soda water is just water and carbon dioxide. Sparkling mineral water is just one form of carbonation that occurs naturally. A device to produce an artificial carbonated mineral water was made by a jeweler in 1794.

When several carbonated drinks were compared in a taste test, it was found that Perrier, a sparkling natural mineral water, kept its fizz the longest.

Consumers feeling seltzer to be a bit harsh will find club soda to have a more gentle fizz. During the taste test, club soda seemed to be milder, as well as a little sweeter, than standard carbonated water.

Club soda, sparkling mineral water, seltzer, and carbonated water have a great advantage over soda pop and tonic water — no calories.

If one mixes water, sugar, carbon dioxide and quinine, the carbonated result is called tonic water. Originally, to help cure or prevent malaria, quinine was used as an additive to tonic water. Today it is often used in combination with gin and lemon or lime to make an alcoholic drink.

These are just a few of the facts and names used for soda water.